My mantra for 2016 was “less talk, more action!” I committed to moving forward with projects that I had been talking about for years: helping people of color navigate workplaces and giving back to my community in a meaningful way. In retrospect, it has been gratifying watching the seeds planted sprout.
Helping People of Color Navigate Workplaces
In January 2016, I put pen to paper and started Notes From HR writing articles that resonated with people. My goal was to use my experience working in corporate spaces to help others on their career journey. I have received positive messages on the blog, IG, and email from people all over inspired by articles on this space and on other publications such as Mater Mea, This Afropolitan Life, Madame Noire. This article published by Face 2 Face Africa was one of my favorites.
It goes without saying that this year our spirits were shattered witnessing the deaths of people of color at the hands of police. The toll of going back to work, and having to act normal even though our community was sadden by the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, the Dallas shootings weighed heavily on our hearts. Dissecting this issue with Joblogues podcast was healing.
Getting away from the screen and hosting career conversations with Black Women Brunch this summer was also a treat. I met inspiring millennials who were all well on their way to greatness. I also got a chance to attend the Rise Women Empowerment conference which really convinced me to continue moving forward with AfriGens Film project.
Launched AfriGens @Work
I finally launched AfriGens @Work a passion project documenting the career stories of Africans in the West. I came full circle on this front. Back in 2007, I started Guiding the Journey, a non-profit committed to helping African students in America reach their college goals. I led workshops, college campus tours and helped parents navigate the college application world. I no longer conduct programming for Guiding the Journey, a local organization is now filling that need. AfriGens @Work film project and Notes From HR blog has allowed me to tap back into that passion that gave birth to Guiding the Journey. I am thrilled that we are cataloguing the stories of Africans adulting in the West. I hope the stories shared on Afrigens.com will inspire you.
Thank you for being a part of my year. I’ve appreciated your comments here and on Instagram. Cheers to a new year!